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Sixth Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on Motor Racing History

An event geared to motor racing scholars and racing enthusiasts alike, the Sixth  Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, is scheduled for Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at Watkins Glen, NY.

Over the last several years the Symposium, co-hosted by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) and the SAH, has established itself as a unique and respected forum and gained a growing audience of scholars, students and enthusiasts.

The 2022 Argetsinger Symposium Keynote Speaker will be renowned NASCAR historian Buz McKim.

In conjunction with the in-person sessions held in  the Watkins Glen International Media Center, the symposium hopes to provide virtual capability to allow remote attendance for a modest fee. (3/7/22)

For more information see the Call for Papers (CFP).

Abstracts are due August 5, 2022!

2022 SAH Award Nominations Sought

Nominations for the 2022 SAH Awards are now being accepted.

All nominations are due April 15, 2022, with the exception of the Cugnot LOE (Language Other Than English) and the Scharchburg Awards, 

Nominations for the Cugnot LOE Award and the Scharchburg Student Paper Award are due June 15, 2022.

For more information about the various SAH awards, and for instructions on how to submit a nomination, please see our Awards section.  (3/27/22)

Cars Across the Pacific: Transnational Histories of the Automotive Industry

Plans are underway with our colleagues at the Automotive Historians Australia to convene a joint one-day hybrid symposium on 9/18/22 in North America and 9/19/22 in Australia. The event will tentatively consist of ten presentations over five hours, a one hour break, and then three presentations and a round-table discussion over two hours. This would all tentatively start in North America at 5:00 PM EST on Sunday, 9/18/22, and conclude around 1:00 AM EST. Details and Call for Papers to follow.  (3/23/22)

2022 Argetsinger Symposium scheduled for Nov. 4-5

The Sixth Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History is scheduled for Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at the Watkins Glen Media Center. This event, open to the public at no-charge, is geared to both motor racing scholars and racing enthusiasts alike. Over the last several years the Symposium has established itself as a unique and respected scholarly forum and has gained a growing audience of scholars, students and enthusiasts. Virtual presentations will supplement the on-site program. Click here to see the Call For Papers. 

2021 SAH Award Winners

The 2021 SAH Awards have been announced by the Awards Committee.

NICOLAS-JOSEPH CUGNOT AWARD, ENGLISH

Henry Dominguez, The Cellini of Chrome: George Walker – Ford Motor Company’s First VP of Design (2020).

Presented for a books written in English that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile.

CUGNOT AWARD OF DISTINCTION, ENGLISH

Gretchen Soren, Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights (2020).

Presented for books written in English that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile.

NICOLAS-JOSEPH CUGNOT AWARD, LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Erich Karsholt,Dansk Bilproduktion (2020).

Presented for a books that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile, written in a language other than English.

CUGNOT AWARD OF DISTINCTION, LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Christian Rouxel, Fenaille & Despeaux, L’ancetre d’Esso (2020).

Presented for a book that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile, written in a language other than English.

CARL BENZ AWARD 

Karl Ludvigsen, “The Origin of the Species,” The Automobile, June, 2020.

Presented for excellence in the presentation of automotive history as an article in a periodical.

CARL BENZ AWARD OF DISTINCTION

Karl Ludvigsen, “Fuhrmann’s Formidable Four-Cam,” Classic Porsche January, 2020.

Presented for excellence in the presentation of automotive history as an article in a periodical.

FRIEND OF AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY AWARD

Richard Lentinelto

Presented in recognition of an individual who over time has made a profound individual contribution to the automotive history community and the historical record.

RICHARD AND GRACE BRIGHAM AWARD 

The Automobile

In recognition of exemplary editorial, graphic or historical content published in a commercial, institutional or club periodical during 2020.

J.J BRADLEY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

No award given this year.

Presented to museums, archives, and libraries for exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials.

THE E.P. INGERSOLL AWARD 

No award given this year.

Presented for the best presentation of automotive history in media other than print.

R.P SCHARCHBURG STUDENT PAPER AWARD

No award given this year.

Presented or the best graduate and undergraduate paper in automotive history.

Fall Meeting of the AACA in Hershey, October 4-7, 2022

The Eastern Division AACA Fall Meet will take place this year in Hershey, PA, October 4-7, 2022. 

For more information on the meet, see the AACA event page.

Note that, beginning this year, the Fall Meet will take place from Tuesday through Friday, and not Wednesday through Saturday as in previous years.

The SAH looks forward to resuming our customary Big-Tent presence at the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Below, check out some videos of previous meets and books signing in the SAH tent.

Michael Lamm

Michael Lamm

Michael Lamm (0042H) became a member of the Society of Automotive Historians over 50 years ago. As he recently observed, “It’s been a long ride, and that’s one of the advantages of advancing age: “We duffers gain more time to do what we love.”

Mike went on to express that: “In my experience, the great accomplishment of the SAH has been to legitimize automotive history—to make it a serious cultural and academic presence. People—and I’m talking now about everyone from scholars to tinkerers—have come to recognize the automobile and the auto industry as valuable expressions of modern history and human understanding. Automotive history, in my view, now enjoys the same cultural value as architectural history and the history of industrial design.

“My own part in advancing automotive history has been exceedingly modest, and I’m not saying that to simply be self-deprecating. It’s true.

“I had the very good fortune to work for a number of car magazines, starting in 1959, at age 23. That year, by a series of flukes, I became editor of a small magazine in New York called Foreign Car Guide. FCG was my foot in the door. My bride, JoAnne, and I soon moved to California, where I became managing editor of Motor Life magazine and, from 1962 through 1965, managing editor of Motor Trend.

“Then late in 1965 I began freelancing and, over time, wrote something like a thousand articles about cars. What I enjoyed most were the research and writing of historical pieces, and in those days magazines still paid for such articles.

“In 1970, I co-founded (along with Hemmings Motor News) Special-Interest Autos that did its darndest to present the non-elitist facets of automotive history. In SIA, we ran histories of mainstream cars and car companies, but we also tried to uncover the unique, the fascinating, the bizarre, the one-man-engineered oddities and designs that most readers had never seen nor heard of. And we also tried to stress the human, historical side of cars as well as talking about the cars’ hardware and performance capabilities.

“In 1978, I began publishing books, and I also began writing a syndicated newspaper column (“Teens on Wheels” for AP Newsfeatures). I continued to contribute to a variety of publications, including Automobile Quarterly, Collectible Automobile, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, Invention & Technology, Moneysworth, Odyssey, Farm Quarterly, plus just about all the newsstand car magazines: Road & Track, Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Automobile, AutoWeek, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Sports Car International, Corvette and dozens more, both here and overseas.

“When you write, you sell a service, but when you publish books, you sell products, and frankly it’s easier to sell products than services, so I soon found myself writing and publishing about one book a year. These had to do mostly with the development of General Motors cars: Camaros, Firebirds, Corvettes, Fieros and the Pontiac Solstice. We did one book for Ford about the 2002 Thunderbird.”

And, of course, there was that absolutely standout book co-written with retired GM Director of Design, the late Dave Holls. Its title: A Century of Automotive Style, 100 Years of American Car Design.

Mike served the SAH as President (1976-76), as a Director (1996-1999), and as a Member of the Publications Committee (1996-2009). Mike received the Friend of Automotive History award in 1990 and earned several Cugnot and Benz awards for books and articles with a double Cugnot in 1997 for A Century of Style, one as co-author and the other as publisher. The Society has saluted his long membership and active participation over the decades by designating his membership as Honorary. (11/19/21)

2021 Eastern Division AACA Fall Meeting

The SAH Book Signing at our Orange Field tent and our Annual Banquet at the Hershey Country Club scheduled for October 6-8 were regretfully cancelled due to pandemic concerns. These decisions were made with the health and safety of all attendees foremost in mind, while recognizing our long term relationships with the AACA, the Hershey Region of the AACA, the Hershey Country Club and the “Hershey Week” experience in general. Our Orange Field presence for 2021 was reduced to one table under a small pagoda tent.

We look forward to resuming our customary big-tent presence at Hershey in October, 2022. See you then !